Of gold and light, a musical journey through Jewish celebrations


Jewish music goes around the Mediterranean sea, through the Jewish calendar, from Roch Hashanah to Purim. From one style to another, from Hebrew Baroque to Judeo-Spanish romances, from lively rythms to melancholic melodies. With a great range of instruments, the Ensemble XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade performs this repertoire with sensitivity, with many improviations, contrasts, showing all the influences Jewish Music transports.

For more than 20 years, XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade, founded by Jean-Christophe Frisch in 1995, has distinguished itself in the baroque musical landscape by its humanistic and pioneering approach. Its latest CD, D’Or et de lumière (Or vezahav), takes us on a musical journey through the Mediterranean traditions and the festivals of Rosh Hashana, Hosha’ana raba (last day of Sukkot), Hannukah, Purim and Passover.

This radio programme, in the presence of Jean Christophe Frisch, will be an opportunity to review the career of this musician who has already published three CDs devoted to Jewish music: The Psalms of David / Benedetto Marcello; Schubert Klezmer and Or vezahav.

A cette occasion, nous entendrons des extraits de cantates juives baroques italiennes et d’airs traditionnels judéo-espagnols dans une interprétation particulièrement festive et réjouissante…

Listen to excerpts from the CD Or vezahav
Buy the CD on the webpage of the music label Evidence
Listen to the radio show Jewish Baroque Music (Hervé Roten, Judaïques FM)

herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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